Residents urged to think ahead before buying real Christmas trees


Cornwall Council is asking residents to think about how they will dispose of real Christmas trees before they buy one.

This year, in line with most other local authorities, Cornwall Council will only collect trees from households that have subscribed to the garden waste collection service.

If you do not have a garden waste subscription, you can chip and compost your tree at home or take it to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre for composting. If you do this, Cornwall Council advises that you use the opportunity to take other items to avoid multiple trips.

Alternatively, you could buy a tree with roots and replant it for next year.

We will only be collecting Christmas trees from households that subscribe to the garden waste collections service

Councillor Carol Mould: “We know that some people will be disappointed that we are unable to collect trees this year however this additional service costs a significant amount of money which is ultimately funded by council tax-payers.

“If people want to have a real Christmas tree, we urge them to think ahead and plan how they intend to dispose of it.”

If you subscribe to the Council’s garden waste collection service, you can put your tree out next to your bin or bag on your usual garden waste collection day in the New Year. For more information about the Council’s garden waste collection service, go to the Cornwall Council website.

Household Waste and Recycling Centres will be open 9am to 4pm throughout the festive period except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. To find your nearest centre, see the Cornwall Council website.

Press release issued on November 25, 2022

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